all in: ND anti-choicers seek heartbeat bans, hla's, TRAP laws and more
All In: North Dakota Anti-Choicers Seek Heartbeat Bans, Human Life Amendments, TRAP Laws, and More
by Robin Marty
The North Dakota legislature only meets every other year, so in its "on" year it has a lot of business to accomplish. Sadly, it looks like the major focus this year will be banning abortion any way they can.
With just one clinic left—the Red River Women's Clinic has recently become the face of abortion limits in this post-Casey world of abortion restrictions—any new law meant to interfere with a woman's right to access an abortion can be devastating. Now, with four different laws being proposed, limited access may quickly turn into no access at all.
State Concurrent Resolution 4009 would add a "Human Life Amendment" to the state constitution, an action that anti-choice advocates have been trying to do nationally since Roe v. Wade was decided 40 years ago. Ballot initiatives to eliminate access to safe abortion care in the state have been a series of failures in the Dakotas, but with a cheap media market pursue a campaign through, anti-choice activists can't seem to take no for an answer.
But at least an amendment would be up for a vote. SB 2302 would enact a so-called "personhood" bill banning abortions, stem-cell research, and possibly birth control and IVF, depending on what the state decides is or is not birth control that "kills a person."